Thursday, September 30, 2010

flu shot shout-out

Annual vaccination for the flu is a no-brainer for caregivers, family, and friends that care for or live with people at risk for influenza-related complications.

Additionally a caregiver down with the flu is not only a non-caregiver, but even the comfort of visiting or companionship becomes risk as you can infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. 

If you cannot care for someone then someone else has to and on it ripples.

More at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Seasonal Influenza (Flu) 

All 3 flu vaccinations in 1 shot this year! 

Plus there is this out of Great Britain ... Flu shot linked to REDUCED heart attack risk

Often the challenge is simply trying to find and get a flu shot between obstacles of time, locations, availability and more. After frustratingly trying a publicized Pennsylvania State flu shot locator I figured it was going to be another difficult year.

Monday, on a rainy cool evening outing, I dashed into Target (always bemusing Patti with the ‘Tar-zhay’ pronunciation) for a hot chocolate from their in-store Starbucks and was greeted by a Target Flu HQ campaign rivaling Halloween merchandising.  (and somehow not listed on PA flu shot locator)
Returning the next day I treated myself and our daughter to 2010 flu shots. Patti gets her flu shot through her care facility.

Advertised at $24 we discovered our AAA membership was worth a 33% discount, bringing the price to $16.

Outside of a form to fill out there was no appointment, no hassle and no wait. Pharmacist gives the shot, and one of the kinder and gentler shots I have ever had.

Additionally for each shot we got a booklet of $40 in ‘cold and flu’ season coupons, over half of which are products I actually buy, and for the pièce de résistance a tub of Dum Dums to pick from!

Wonder if I can choose Target for my health care plan under Obamacare?

Flu IQ

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer 


  1. always good to get the flu shot! so many places offer it here that you can have your pick within a 2-mile radius from home. and it is about the same price but I didn't realize at Target you can get a discount, will have to look into it. this is one expense I never mind paying for that son of mine, his annual flu shot, keeps us all in better health :)


  2. UGH...thanks for the reminder. LOL.

    Will get mine done though. =)


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